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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (559 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Wallace Narrator: Luis Moreno Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Leaving Van Gogh is Carol Wallace’s first historical novel and it created quite a buzz among genre luminaries. In this meticulously researched, heartrending story, Wallace re-creates the final fateful days of legendary painter Vincent Van Gogh.

In the summer of 1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died two days later, at the age of thirty-seven, largely unknown despite having completed over two thousand works of art—works that would go on to become some of the most important and valued in the world.

In this riveting novel, Carol Wallace brilliantly navigates the mysteries surrounding the master artist’s death, relying on her vast research to paint an indelible portrait of Van Gogh’s final days—and the friendship that may or may not have destroyed him. Telling Van Gogh’s story from an utterly new perspective—that of his personal physician, Dr. Gachet, a specialist in mental illness and a great lover of the arts—Wallace allows us to view the legendary painter as we’ve never seen him before. In our narrator’s eyes, Van Gogh is an irresistible puzzle, a man whose mind, plagued by demons, poses the most potentially rewarding challenge of Gachet’s career.

Wallace’s narrative brims with suspense and rich psychological insight as it tackles haunting questions about Van Gogh’s fate. A masterly, gripping novel that explores the price of creativity, Leaving Van Gogh is a luminous story about what it means to live authentically, and the power and limits of friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting novel of bold strokes and fine-grained gestures …” 

    Stacy Schiff, New York Times best-selling author 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gloria | 2/19/2014

    " Very interesting book about Van Gogh. Even though it was fiction it read like a biography. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lori | 2/5/2014

    " Found this book very interesting. It really painted a great picture of life in the late 1800's. I personally have to be careful reading books that are not uplifting because I tend to take on those feelings..this book takes you inside the mind of Van Gogh who was not the most stable of persons although a genious of the art world. It did make be a big fan of his work and having the desire to study his art more. The writing was wonderful. I am a fan of Carol Wallace now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caroline Larsen | 2/1/2014

    " An interesting read. This is a literary format I like, and similar to another recent read, Percival's Planet, in which true historical events (in this case, the last few months before Vincent van Gogh's death) form the framework for a work of fiction. The character of Vincent is heartbreaking, and knowing how his sad story will end lends a melacholy to the whole book. Many of the other characters are a little flat, but overall, a worthwhile, if not stunning, read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cat | 1/23/2014

    " I couldnt' finish this book. This was a loosely veiled psychological report of Van Gogh's mental health that was more of a report than a story. Also since the story was from the view point of one of the doctors that treated Van Gogh, I found the narrator's point of view and questions regarding his own mental health disturbing. The woman who wrote this story based the story off of a master's thesis that she wrote. I wonder how similar the two documents are. "

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About the Author

Carol Wallace, the coauthor of To Marry an English Lord, has written over twenty books in a wide variety of genres. Wallace received an MA in art history from Columbia University; the research for her MA thesis provided the foundation for her novel Leaving Van Gogh. Wallace has also written books on parenting and social history, including 20,001 Names for a Baby, The Debutante’s Guide To Life, and All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding. She currently lives in New York.